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Janvier Rollande
Orr's Island, Maine

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I am, primarily, a realist figurative artist who draws on her own life experiences for subject matter.  My drawings, then, are very personal.  My intent, however, is to reach beyond my own process to touch upon a deeper understanding that is at the heart of our shared humanity.  The drawings of my dying mother speak most clearly to this.  Watching her physical transformation over several weeks was painful and somewhat horrific.  I think that is evident in my description of her features.  What I came to see over time, however, was a certain quiet, a calm and peacefulness that spoke, not of horror, but of grace.  The simplicity of the compositions, in values of black and white, conveys this.  I witnessed my mother's letting go of the physical realm and her opening to another dimension:  one of spirit and energy.  In this transformation, I understood that there is beauty.


born: 1950, Manchester, New Hampshire


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, post graduate work,1986-88
University of New Hampshire, BFA/Drawing, BA/Art History, Chemistry minor, 1983

selected publications

American Art Collector, The Art of Drawing, p.116, August, 2013
Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, p.17, p.84, 2009
American Artist Drawing, Portraits as a Vehicle for Self Expression, p.3, pp.110-119, 2008

selected group shows

Drawn, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2014
Drawing Discourse, 5th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, UNC, Asheville, North Carolina, 2014
Women Painting Women, and The Art of Drawing, The Haynes Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, 2013
Drawing Discourse, 4th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, UNC, Asheville, North Carolina, 2013

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